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OnePlus is a sub-brand that's owned by Oppo, but the parent company does not exactly interfere in many of its operations. As a result, the online only OEM has made a name for its self in the recent years for delivering "flagship killer" smartphones that have astounding price-to-performance ratio. Although they are not as "cheap" anymore as they once were (unless you consider $439 to be cheap of course), the OnePlus 3T was still launched at almost half the price of the Galaxy S7 Edge, with arguably better hardware in some areas!




It looks like the OnePlus 5 is all set to continue its dominance over Android smartphones just like the OnePlus 3T did last year, when it comes to fast performance and high benchmark scores. Check out the benchmarks score above to see what we are talking about. Not to anyone's surprise, the iPhone 7 Plus continues to remain the undisputed king of single-core performance on Geekbench, but the upcoming OnePlus 5 has actually beaten the Galaxy S8+ quite convincingly in terms of multi-core performance! The S8+ did manage to hold the second position just after the iPhone 7 Plus though, beating the OnePlus 5 with just 15 points.


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HTC

 

HTC just posted its financial results for the Q3 of the year and the company is reporting a slight decline in sales. Despite the bad news, however, the phonemaker remains profitable as cuts in costs have offset the slowing in sales.

 

The company's quarterly revenue is $1,38 billion  of which profits were $21,1 million. In comparison, the previous quarter was kinder to HTC with a revenue of $2,15 billion and profit of $75,5 million.

 

HTC saw the largest drop in sales in July by some 33% compared to the same period last year. However, in August the company saw 10% sales jump compared to the same month of 2013. Analysts blame the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for HTC's 7.9% fall in sales in September.

 

 

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The SM-G935A had already been seen in the AnTuTu benchmarks, and it was the Snapdragon 820 powered version of the upcoming Galaxy S7. A few hours earlier however, a new report has come in about the SM-G930F, which is the S7 with the mysterious Exynos 8890 processor inside. Apparently, AnTuTu has leaked the specifications of the S7 with Exynos 8890 on Weibo, a very popular Chinese social networking website.



As expected, the specifications in the SM-G930F do not deviate much from that of the SM-G935A. The Exynos model will have the same 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 12 megapixel Britecell camera sensor on the back, 5 megapixel selfie cam on the front and 64GB of internal storage (as made evident by AnTuTu on this particular model), that we saw with the SM-G935A.


The good news is that all versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 will come loaded with Android M 6.0 out of the box. If you are eager to know the AnTuTu benchmark scores then you will have to wait a little longer as the S7 is still in its testing phase. Nonetheless, we are pretty sure that we will see the scores on their list very soon.


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Grand Prime VE

 

We reported before that Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition will be released soon with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Out-of-the-box. The Value Edition device was said to be powered by a Marvel PXA1908 chipset, instead of the Snapdragon 410 in the regular version. Well, apparently that isn't the case, and a Spreadtrum SC8830 SoC is to be found inside the new variant of the affordable 5-incher.

 

The Spreadtrum SC8830 relies on a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, which in the case of the SGGPVE is clocked at up to 1.3GHz. The CPU is joined by a single gig of RAM, just like in the S410 version. It's not exactly up to the standard set by the Qualcomm chipset though, as the quick comparison below shows.

 

Here's the leaked benchmark scores of the Grand Prime VE, it scored 1054 points on GeekBench.

Grand Prime VE

 

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Having 100% of the market profits is what every company dreams of but even in their happiest dreams, it may seem quite inconceivable that a single company will scoop up more than one hundred percent of the entire operating profit in the business! Nevertheless, that's exactly what Apple has achieved in Q3 2016 as it has managed to net 103.6% of the entire sum of operating profits in the smartphone business globally.


Although it may seem like a mathematical impossibility at first, things become a bit clearer once you consider the actual situation. The number went up above the 100% mark because of the fact that Apple has even managed to net in the money that other manufacturers have lost during the quarter. The likes of HTC and LG has suffered significant losses during the quarter and although Samsung did manage to stay at the number 2 position with a comparatively sad profit of about 0.9%, we now know where most of the money that they lost during the Note 7 debacle went to!


BMO Capital Markets reported the entire scenario, along with also mentioning that Samsung still is the global king of smartphones with a market share of 21.7%, followed by Apple at about half of that (13.2%). Personally, I cannot help but notice that this awe-inspiring percentage also has a lot to do with the tremendous profit margin which Apple has on each of its products.


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It has hardly been two days since Apple confirmed rumors about the upcoming iPhone SE with 2GB of RAM and we can now see the test results on AnTuTu's score-sheet. It seems like some people already have access to the SE even before its official release in the US next week. If these results are to be believed, then the iPhone SE is miles ahead of its mid-range competition. In fact, the results are so spectacular, that they are actually ahead of even the much more expensive iPhone 6s and 6s Plus!


The iPhone 6s scored around 132,620 and Samsung's latest flagship (Galaxy S7) with Snapdragon 820 scored somewhere around 125,288. The Exynos 8890 version of the S7 however, managed to score only about 105,000. The iPhone SE puts all of these flagships to shame with a whopping score of 134,358! This extremely impressive score was made possible, thanks to the Apple A9 chip, which was the most powerful mobile SoC on the market in 2015. If you are wondering how it managed to score more than the 6s which has the same chip as well, it is due to the fact that the smaller 4-inch display of the SE has fewer pixels to process for the A9 SoC when compared to the 4.7-inch panel of the 6s.


These scores may give one an impression that the A9 chip is still faster when compared with the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm, but it may not actually be the case. The SD 820 is pushing significantly more pixels on the S7, which has a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 1440p! The A9 chip on the other hand, only has to work with a 640p HD display that's 4-inch in size. Nonetheless, the scores are very impressive and we are inclined to think that at this point, if you must buy an iPhone, the iPhone SE is probably the best choice, provided you can live without the 3D Touch.


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AnTuTu just released its latest score sheets and we took a look at it to find out why the iPhone is considered to be the "King" of smartphones by a lot of experts. As the new version of the AnTuTu benchmark 6.0 app now allows for cross-platform score comparisons with iOS, the iPhone 6s Plus is sitting comfortably on top with a whopping 132620 points! From the look of things, it might be a safe bet to declare that the A9 chip powering the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has by far, the most powerful mobile GPU yet.


The next most dominant device on the list is the Kirin 950 driven Huawei Mate 8 with 92746 points, but when compared to the number one score on this list, the difference just feels astounding. The Meizu Pro 5 and the Galaxy S6 series, both share the same SoC but the Exynos 7420 in the Meizu inches ahead because of a lower resolution display (1080p on the Meizu Pro 5 vs. 1440p on the S6 series).


After the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the older iPhone 6 Plus once again beats the likes of Oneplus 2, LeTV Le1 Pro, Xiaomi Note Pro and the popular Nexus 6p. Although architecture of iOS and Android are different, the results are convincing enough for fans to crown Apple's iPhone 6s Plus as the most powerful smartphone of 2015.


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